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NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, left, poses with No. 35 overall draft pick, UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt, who was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Dude, how about those suits? Better than expected, huh? What's the final verdict?
Well, here we go, and let's just say we feel a little silly from this point forward.
The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this. But this was a strange NBA draft. Just strange. There was the foreign guy named Jan making out with his girlfriend/significant other after getting picked by the Wizards. Kenneth Faried jumped up when Denver picked him and handed somebody the baby he was holding. Seriously. And every time any of the draftees put on the hats of the teams that just made them millionaires, they looked down right silly. When did we get to the flat-bill stage of hats and when do we get to leave?
The worst outfit was the sweater/funky hat combo that Jimmer Fredette wore sitting behind the drums in the ESPN clips with Kemba Walker that took us to commercial. But sadly, that ensemble does not count.
First things first for our "The Chas9 Feeling the Draft Free-for-All" contest: Most first-round picks by conference — the Big 12 and all other countries each had six. (The Big Ten had one player picked. Wow. SEC — 2, ACC — 5, Pac 10 — 3, Big East — 3, All other conferences — 4.) So everyone who had the Big 12 and all other countries goes into the tie-breaker rounds.
Best suit — It was between Derrick Williams and Kemba Walker. Walker's grey suit-shoes combo was sharp — and there's no doubting he's the coolest guy in the room. Williams, however, had on a power suit and a power, red tie. You stay classy, Derrick Williams, but cool rules. Walker by a nose.
Worst suit — Kawhi Leonard edged Brandon Knight, Jimmer (Suit was OK, but checkered shirt was an eye sore), Markeith and Marcus Morris (Again, the suits were OK, but the side items were awful. What was that thing coming out of their jacket pockets? It looked like a napkin caught the working end of an M-80.) Leonard's black velvet-y looking disaster with the white outline around the lapel was the Sex Panther of Thursday's festivities. (Sixty percent of the time — it works every time. It's made with bits of real panther so you know it's good.)
The results of "The Chas9 Feeling the Draft Free-for-All" ..... The winner — Oso edges ThatIDoKnow, McPell and EC, who correctly picked that each of the Morris brothers would be a fashion faux pas. Bonus points for Weena — who accurately picked the 5-at-10 for worst suit (we had on cut-off khaki shorts).
Sweet Mother of Irony, does this mean perennial runner-up Oso and Kemba finally get to win something together? Yes, yes it does. Well played indeed.
From Celtic Vol
Although he had his 715th career homer minutes, Atlanta Braves superstar Henry Aaron sat with Braves skipper Eddie Matthews in dugout at Atlanta Stadium, April 9, 1974. Aaron hit his homer in fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dodger southpaw Al Downing served up the historic pitch. (AP Photo/Charles Kelly)
I got two questions for you this week. Who do you consider to be the greatest Brave of all-time, excluding Hank Aaron and Dan Uggla? Who do you consider to be the most famous fan/celebrity of all-time?
Well, since you took Dan Uggla out of the equation, that's tough. We'll give it a shot, though.
Best "Braves" player of all-time not named Hank Aaron is probably between Eddie Matthews and Warren Spahn. Matthews hit 512 homers in the days that 512 homers was a truckload of homers. Spahn won 363 games — more than any other left-hander ever — was a 17-time all-star, had an awesomely high leg kick and big-time schnoz (one of those noses that you can't help but stare at until you realize your staring so you stop looking then you realize your not looking at the person in the face so then you look and the next thing you know you're staring at their nose again and the cycle repeats).
But each of those guys spent most of their careers as Milwaukee Braves. As far as Atlanta Braves, well, that's a little more muddled. It's not Mike Lum or Roland Office or Pepe Frias. It's not Rick Camp or Rick Mahler or Rick McMurtry or any other less-than-good pitchers named Rick (sadly Rick Knapp, Rick Reuschel and Rick Aguilera never pitched for those awful 1970s and 80s Braves teams or they could be on the NOT list, too).
The only player that gets a look from the pre-1990s Braves is Dale Murphy, who not only was a possible First Team All-Tim Duncan pick (the team of stars that never got their due because they played on small-market teams and/or rarely made the big stage of the postseason) but an all-around good dude that was a two-time NL MVP.
That said, we'll take Chipper Jones as the best Atlanta Braves position player and Greg Maddux as the best Atlanta Braves pitcher (it was close with John Smoltz, but Maddux was so awesome and was never injured).
As far as the celebrity goes, well that one's a little tougher. First, Braves games are never going to be confused with Lakers games for fans in the stands. Plus, with Atlanta becoming a hot spot for rap music about the time the Braves started to become good, it's hard to know if the likes of Usher and Hammer and Ludacris and T.I. and those folks are wearing Braves' hats because they are fans or because they are showing love for the ATL.
We'll go with Dale Earnhardt, who was a huge Braves fan before his death and became very close with Bobby Cox. Jeff Foxworthy was a close second, but we have a feeling someone may come up with a celeb that makes us go, "Oh yeah, that's it. We're stupid."
Staff File Photo by Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press Lookouts' owner Frank Burke sits in right field with an oversize glove during a game against the Birmingham Barons. "I do it for luck," said Burke.
I see that the Lookouts are having a contest for fans to come up with the final AT&T Field promotion of the season. I don’t know what it WILL be, but I do know some things that it WON’T be.
Top 10 Rejected Lookouts Promotions
10) Bloods vs. Crips softball game
9) Ferrets on the Diamond Day
8) Hard Liquor and Handgun Night
7) Dancing with the Stars: Myron Noodleman edition
6) Catch-A-Broken-Bat-With-Your-Teeth night
5) Take-a-ZOOperstar-to-Church Day
4) Redneck Bidnessman’s Special
3) Stolen Car Giveway Night
2) Smokeless Tobacco Kids’ Club
1) Tommy Lasorda’s Linguine Luau
Outstanding list SteelerFan. This was not sent in as a question, but we felt we had to share with the group.
Anybody got any others feel free to share. Here is our next Top 5 of rejected Lookouts promotions:
Shave your back night
First 500 fans wearing Speedos and Viking helmets get in free
More Jorts; more fun
Lucky fans gets to be the Trash Monster for a day giveway
Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) and Dwyane Wade (3) walk off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in Dallas. The Mavericks won the game 86-83 to tie the series at 2-2. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Told you that LeBron would choke.
Told you that the Mavs would win. And now maybe you and the rest of the James worshipers will see he'll never be MJ or anything close. He's not even as good as Dirk, who is light years from MJ.
So, what you're saying is that you told us. Got it. Calm down, Francis, and step away from the life-size MJ poster.
Yes, LeBron's rep took a serious hit with his Finals fiasco. But let's not act like he's a reserve. And in regard to the MJ talk, the 5-at-10 never said LeBron or anyone was better than MJ, who was an elite athlete who transformed his game (he became a great shooter) because he was the world's most intense competitor. MJ sort of did the reverse career arc that it appears Tiger Woods has taken, but that's a conversation for another day.
As for LeBron, well, he has to find a go-to offensive option. Be it a post-up move or a spot on the floor that he can shoot 50-percent or better.
But as good as Dirk Nowitzki was in the Finals, if you think Mark Cuban (and the rest of the league for that matter) wouldn't trade Dirk and the rights to his next three first-round picks and his first born for LeBron, well, that's silly.
We don't think this loss (even as badly as LeBron played at times) will define his career. How this loss affects LeBron as a player and as a person will define his career.
Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom celebrates with the Egg Bowl Trophy, given to the winner of the Ole Miss vs Mississippi State game each year. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
You asked earlier this which individual award would you like to win. (I'd take the Olympic gold medal, FWIW.) What do think the most meaningless award in sports is?
Thanks, and enjoy the 5-at-10.
Thanks for the question and feel free to come back any time. We like to think that our little group is like the Wally's buffet in East Ridge — just when you think you're full, there's always room for more here at the 5-at-10.
There are a lot of cool awards in sports and more "meaningless" awards than you may think. Masters' green jacket — cool; the gold jacket that Shooter McGavin was aiming for in "Happy Gilmore" or the plaid jacket at the Hilton Head tournament — not that cool. You get the idea.
There are also a lot of awards that we have no idea what they are. The Lady Bing Trophy comes to mind. So does the Platypus trophy, which is given to the annual winner of the Oregon-Oregon State football game.
As far as a truly significant honor that has been rendered meaningless, we'll go with being a starter in the MLB all-star game. This is not a debate on fan voting; that's a discussion for next week with the all-star game on the horizon. No, this is just to say that other than being flattered, if you're Derek Jeter, being voted as the AL starter this year is borderline embarrassing and would seem somewhat hollow.
So it goes.
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...